GEO-37806 Research Methodology for Planning and Design

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Lecture8
Tutorial28
Practical30
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MH Jacobs
Lecturer(s)MSc IV Barba-Lata
MSc KMC Raaphorst
S (Sanda Lenzholzer
dr. ir. MH Jacobs
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MH Jacobs

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

YRM-20306 Research Methodology for Human Environment Interactions

Contents:

Scientific research methods are key to sound research and should be explicit, transparent, accountable, and adequate. Ultimately, opting for adequate methods serves to make research valid and reliable and thus credible. For conducting scientific research autonomously, a researcher must not only be able to apply given methods, but also evaluate their adequacy, choose amongst and amend existing methods, and critically reflect on their feasibility to address identified research questions. These capacities belong to the realm of research methodology opting for explicit methodological frameworks and thinking critically about related methods. This includes assessing the consequences of theoretical perspectives for choosing and designing methods (including the implications of the ontological and epistemological assertions inherent within the theoretical perspectives), negotiating the pros and cons of a variety of methods, debating and reflecting on the credibility of research processes and outcomes, and finally reflecting on ethical implications. This course taps into all of these issues, both in the natural and social sciences; it refers to the methodologies of cases studies and surveys, and to the qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation as habitually used in observation, semi-structured interviews, and questionnaires. The course will pay close attention to relationships between different planning and design contexts, and theory and methods. The course also trains students in formulating a research proposal as part of a MLP thesis proposal.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- analyse relationships between research and broader context including landscape design and planning;

- formulate components of a research proposal and relationships between components;

- construct scientific research methods for quantitative data collection and data analysis;

- construct scientific research methods for qualitative data collection and data analysis,

Activities:

- lectures;
- tutorials;
- practicals ;
- individual paper;

Examination:

Individual Paper (60%), presentation (20%); peer review (20%).

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc3WD